Scientific Name: Xylocopa
Bees, no matter how fluffy and soft they look, will always be feared because of that terrible stinger on its abdomen. When your children play outside, one of the most heart wrenching sounds is when they cry out in pain and to find that they have been stung—as a parent you will do anything to prevent that from happening again. Sending children outside to play is a break for you so if they are suddenly afraid of the outdoors and getting stung, it is in the best interest of your sanity and your child’s safety, to get this problem rectified. Seeking the help of Pointe Pest Control is vital.
General Information :
A unique thing about this insect is that the male carpenter bees do not have a stinger, only the females do and are capable of delivering a sting. These bees look similar to honey bees, though the yellow fuzz on their thorax is less vibrant. Their abdomen can be black, blueish, purple or metallic in color and they range in size from ½ inch to 1 inch long. These bees drink nectar and eat plant substances, they do not eat wood as suggested by their name. Instead, they burrow into wood deep enough to lay an egg that will be protected from the elements until it hatches.
Signs of an Infestation:
Carpenter bees are not naturally aggressive and only sting when they feel in peril. It is still possible to be stung by them so keeping them away from your yard will protect your children. A homeowner’s first clue to a carpenter bee infestation are small, pock marked holes in the wooden structures of the home. Burrowing into the wood under the eaves of your home, in wooden decks and any wooden exterior are common burrowing spots. These holes can cause extensive damage over time and be quite costly to repair.
Since these bees are mostly solitary, it can be tricky to remove an infestation for the average person. Professional pest control technicians use a variety of treatments to keep these insects away. The Pointe Pest Control method is not only non-toxic to your family and pets, but it is sure to remove any current carpenter bee problems as well as prevent future infestations. Routine inspections and treatments ensure these bees will not be causing further damage to your beautiful home. Keep your home free of these excavating nuisances and call us today.